My father, John Colin ‘Big John’ MacDonald was always fascinated by genealogy. When he retired after many years as a lobster fisherman at Little Judique Ponds, he was able to pursue his dream of gathering, researching and organizing his genealogical knowledge. Together with his wife Mildred Doucette MacDonald and his younger cousin Cathy ‘Rory’ Mac Donald Gillies, they put together this book, published in 1985. The extensive research was done without the use of the Internet and the manuscript was typed on a typewriter at MacDonald dining room table. Although our people are dispersed all over the world we are held together by the kinship documented in this book. We thank them for this precious resource.   Colleen MacDonald MacLeod (page 121, Fair is the Place)


John Colin and Mildred on the PEI ferry circa 1948

John Colin died in 1985 and Mildred in 1989. They can be found on page 120 of Fair is the Place.


John and Cathy Gillies

Cathy MacDonald Gillies and her husband John Gillies live in Port Hood. She can be found on page 412 of Fair is the Place. Cathy and John are both noted genealogists and historians. They have recently co-authored the book Safe Harbor, with Joanne Watts, published by the Chestico Museum in Port Hood.